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MicroReview: The Sound (2018)



A supernatural skeptic sets off to debunk paranormal sightings using low frequency sound waves in an abandoned subway station and is met with unforeseen evil and eerie memories.

Review

(Seen under the title: Paranormal: White Noise)

Written and directed by Jenna Mattison (debut) supernatural horror The Sound is a weird little feature. It's got a killer cast: Rose McGowan (Planet Terror), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Michael Eklund (The Divide), and even Stephen McHattie (Pontypool). Conceptually, and I use that term fairly loosely, it's a solid idea for a horror.

It's just pulled off really, really badly.

Abandoned subway stations have abandoned psychiatric hospitals in them (!), people who linchpin large areas of the back story don't exist, the protagonist is unreliable (and doesn't know it), and about thirty five minutes of the screenplay must have been shredded by mistake because nothing happens in the second act. McGowan looks bored throughout the entire movie, barely attempting to act. Lloyd looks as though he stumbled onto the wrong set, and McHattie (who is in the opening credits) is only in the first scene. He's got no more than five lines.

The story is convoluted, badly explained, and the viewer is required to make astonishing leaps of
faith to piece the plot together. The FX are ropy at best.

Sadly, a waste of great potential and one to avoid.

Oh, and someone actually explodes for absolutely no explained reason. So there's that.






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